Moore Street Market is looking for new traders to bring Dublin city center back to life

A fresh impetus to make Dublin’s Moore Street a vibrant street market once more is looking for new traders, artisans and foodies to join the remaining stallholders who have been keeping the tradition alive for generations.

n a busy center near Henry Street, the years have not been kind to the market and the number of stalls and vendors has dwindled.

But the Temple Bar Company has now been commissioned by Dublin City Council to revive the tradition of traders with a four-day market that will take place on the street from Thursday to Sunday.

“Moore Street was Dublin’s main market destination. It’s world famous as a market and has been around since the 1880s and we’re trying to attract new traders, new artisans, new people with cultural interests back onto the streets along with the existing traders,” said Temple Bar firm Martin Harte.

“Some of the traders have been trading at this fantastic Northside site for five generations and are welcoming new traders who reflect a contemporary and culturally diverse Ireland.

“What we need now are people who come to us with their ideas. No idea is too bizarre. We also want to work with start-up companies. We have been doing this in Temple Bar for a number of years with our night market.

“We provide the marquees, the tables, the security, the management, the facility, as well as the social media and marketing. So people don’t have to invest in capital investments for that,” he added.

Two traders who have been running street stalls for at least 40 years are Phyllis Tynan and Caroline Alwright. They said they welcome the new plan if it brings new life and atmosphere to the streets.

“Years ago the street was a lively place. It was busy and a little crazy. People were poorer then than they are now and we took care of them. But it’s a different place now,” Phyllis said.

“The older generation, who like to roam and come down and chat, is a bit intimidated now because it’s not as friendly as it used to be,” Caroline said.

“We hope this idea brings the street back to life, so we’re happy to give it a try. We just want an improvement. We have to deal with other things and other stalls because now with the supermarkets it’s not what it used to be. We’re excited about the plan,” Phyllis said.

Caroline said she has two granddaughters who could carry on the street trading tradition that has run in the family for four generations. “One of them is actually dying to come here. If the road definitely improves I would without a doubt encourage them to keep going.”

Helping to launch the initiative was actor and performer Phelim Drew, son of Ronnie Drew, who has toured the world with the other capital institution – The Dubliners.

“I certainly have my own memories of the road. Dad just loved Dubliners, he loved the way they talked and communicated and he loved Moore Street and Henry Street. We used to come here for the markets around Christmas time. That was our little trip with our father. It was a fantastic atmosphere,” he said.

Having started this month, we hope that the markets will continue throughout the autumn and into the Christmas period.

Anyone interested in trading related questions can contact for more information. Moore Street Market is looking for new traders to bring Dublin city center back to life

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